This week was spent on assignment in the village of Sandy Hook, town of Newtown, Connecticut. Many thanks to friendly local residents Peter and Sandy who told me about the millions of support letters arriving daily at the local Municipal building.
Reaction to the shootings has been help in the form of support funds and donations, memorial sites, counseling resources and letters of sincere condolences and prayers to the families affected by the devastating events. By January 7th, the United Way had raised about $6.4 million for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
It seems that everyone is affected directly or indirectly by this tragedy and are finding ways to deal with the grief. As a traveler from outside the area, economics can also provide a positive impact on the communities. My crew were able to dine locally at several wonderful restaurants, buy from local markets and even learn about the historical significance of the area.
During our stay, there were many moments of silence to reflect on the sadness the residents face but, more importantly, there was great relief knowing how much strength and care the community is receiving from so many sources.